Top 7 Common Health Issues in Shih Tzus

This breathing issue is common in flat-faced breeds like Shih Tzus. Signs include snoring, gagging, breathlessness.

Brachycephalic Syndrome

Shih Tzus are prone to early tooth loss, tartar buildup, and gum infections if dental care is not kept up.

Dental Disease 

Dislocation of the kneecap joint is a relatively common orthopedic problem in the breed. Causes limping.

Patellar Luxation

Shih Tzus often suffer from skin allergies, ear infections, and itching due to food or environmental allergens. 


This raspy, honking sound is caused by spasms of the throat and soft palate. Usually not serious.

Reverse Sneezing

Abnormal blood flow in the liver is an inherited condition more prevalent in Shih Tzus.

Liver Shunt

Progressive retinal atrophy and keratoconjunctivitis sicca or "dry eye" frequently impact vision.

Eye Conditions

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